Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Commissioners to decide today on backing project that includes Pro Bass Shops

Commissioners to decide on backing project including bass pro shops

Hillsborough County commissioners are scheduled to decide today whether to support a $6.25 million reimbursement to developers of a proposed Brandon retail project that would include a Bass Pro Shops store. The issue has been heavily debated for months and the subsidy — in the form of repayments for road work — has shrunk. But it still has small business owners crying foul that government would give money to a potential competitor. The discussion is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at County Center in downtown Tampa.

Ammo explodes in oven, injures woman

A young woman trying to make an evening snack ended up at the hospital Monday night after a round of ammunition exploded inside an oven. Aalaya Walker, 18, told St. Petersburg police she just wanted some waffles. What she didn't know was that her friend, Javarski "JJ" Sandy, 25, had placed a magazine from his .45-caliber Glock 21 in the oven. When Walker preheated the oven, the magazine exploded, sending fragments from at least one round into her chest and leg. Sandy told authorities there were four rounds in the magazine. "He stated that he does not have a temperature gauge on the oven so he estimates the temperature based on how far the knob is turned," an officer wrote in a report. Police called Walker's wounds superficial. They did not make any arrests.

Sheriff's Office seeks help finding this dog

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is offering a $1,000 reward for information about the whereabouts of a lost cattle dog, Doc. Doc escaped Saturday morning from his trailer during a trip north on Interstate 75 near the Fruitville exit in Sarasota County, deputies said. The dog, which helps herd loose cattle off roads, was paid for by agriculture Detective Lowell Cain. Doc is a mixed-breed cattle dog that weighs about 60 pounds. Anyone with information can call Sgt. Ron Cain at (813) 318-5681.

Commissioners to decide today on backing project that includes Pro Bass Shops 02/19/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 11:49pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Accused cardinal denies Australia sex abuse allegations, takes leave of absence


    ROME — One of the most senior Vatican officials to be charged with sexual offenses denied on Thursday the allegations levied against him by Australian police, saying he would take a leave of absence as one of Pope Francis' chief advisers to defend himself.

    Cardinal George Pell meets the media at the Vatican on Thursday. The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney says Pell will return to Australia to fight sexual assault charges as soon as possible. [Associated Press]
  2. Tie vote blocks grant money for husband of Dade City mayor

    Local Government

    DADE CITY — Taking another shot at obtaining a Community Redevelopment Agency grant to improve his downtown building, the husband of Dade City Mayor Camille Hernandez was denied this week by a deadlocked board.

    Mayor Camille Hernandez recused herself but was asked to stay in the room.
  3. Lightning planning $6 million upgrade to practice facility


    Lightning owner Jeff Vinik will invest $6 million in upgrading the team's practice facility, the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon.

    The plan will create a brand new locker room and training facilities for the team, an 18,000 square foot addition.
  4. Deputies responding to car crash in Riverview find shooting victim inside


    RIVERVIEW — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating after deputies responding to a single-car crash late Wednesday discovered someone in the car had been shot, authorities said.

  5. Commentary: Ten years later, the iPhone owns us


    Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone in January, 2007, before an adoring congregation, in his signature "Sermon on the Mount" style. On June 29, it became available to the public. Ten years later, the phone has spread like Christianity. The device represents "the pinnacle product of all capitalism," as Brian Merchant …

    Apple is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the iPhone's release on June 29, 2007. [Associated Press]